SARASOTA, Fla. --
made a solid return to the major-league mound Wednesday, but the Orioles lost 6-3 to Toronto, thanks to a four-run, ninth-inning rally by the
The Orioles took a 3-2 lead into the ninth when reliever
Hunter, who had been limited to minor-league games this spring while dealing with lower back soreness, lasted five innings against the Blue Jays.
He gave up two runs, including a solo homer to
"Back to the big leagues,” Hunter said. “I was joking around about that earlier today. It was fun to get out there. I definitely have some work to do for now. Thank God there's two weeks of
Hunter threw 74 pitches, including 44 strikes, and was unhappy with that ratio. What can he do better?
"Maybe throwing strikes, starting off hitters with strikes," he joked. "That's probably the first goal."